Victimisation means subjecting or threatening to subject a person to some form of detriment because they have:
- lodged, or is proposing to lodge, a complaint of discrimination or harassment
- provided information or documents to an internal investigation or an external agency
- attended a conciliation conference
- reasonably asserted their rights, or supported someone else’s rights, under federal anti-discrimination laws
- made an allegation that a person has acted unlawfully under federal anti-discrimination laws.
Example: An employee alleged that a client had sexually harassed her by making sexual comments while she performed her duties. The employee alleged that her employer offered her less shifts after she made a complaint about the alleged sexual harassment.
Victimisation is against the law. It can also be a criminal offence.
Concerns and complaints about discrimination and harassment should always be handled appropriately and sensitively. Establishing an effective internal complaints processes can help ensure this occurs.